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Paula W. Hinton

Partner in Houston

Admissions

  • Texas
  • Alabama

Court Admissions

  • Middle District of Alabama
  • Northern District of Alabama
  • Southern District of Alabama
  • Eastern District of Texas
  • Northern District of Texas
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Western District of Texas
  • USCA - 5th Circuit
  • USCA – 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

Paula Hinton is a trial partner in the Firm's Houston office and serves on the Firm's Executive Committee and as chair of the Women's Leadership Initiative. Paula's practice focuses on representing businesses in complex civil litigation. She has represented clients in courtrooms across the country, before administrative agencies and in international and domestic arbitration forums to resolve a wide variety of disputes, including those concerning contracts and general business issues, business torts, consumer disputes, environmental issues, trademark issues, trade secret issues, product liability, telecommunications litigation, energy-related litigation, and numerous class actions.

 

Experience

In a case the Texas Lawbook touted as "one of the greatest defense victories in Texas history," Paula successfully defended a waste disposal company against a $4.8 billion environmental civil penalties lawsuit filed by Harris County and the State of Texas. After six weeks of trial and convincing the judge to toss two-thirds of the damage claims, Paula’s powerful arguments ultimately secured a favorable settlement just minutes before closing arguments were scheduled to begin.

Ms. Hinton's experience also includes:

  • Successfully represented a wind farm company to obtain an injunction from landlord interference with lease operations
  • Successfully represented a purchaser of biomass power in a PPA dispute
  • Represented a major oil company in construction disputes before FERC and Alaska PUC
  • Helped client Kemco resolve a three-year contract suit by finding issues in a case that other lawyers had overlooked. After being stymied in court for years, Kemco hired Ms. Hinton and, in less than two months, she suggested a solution which led to a successful motion to compel arbitration and, ultimately, a settlement.
  • Represented a major oil company in a multi-million-dollar dispute before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relating to the prudence of a large scale construction project
  • Successfully represented a major oil company in a summary judgment relating to the construction of a 50-year-old contract and the obligations of the parties relating to Dismantle, Remove, and Restore (DR&R) responsibilities
  • Successfully defended a national gasoline retailer facing a breach of contract, tort, and RICO action brought by a terminated supplier in CPR arbitration and secured a take-nothing award
  • Successfully opposed several nationwide class certifications in consumer class actions for major oil companies across the country
  • Successfully represented a major defense contractor in a multimillion dollar breach of warranty matter in international arbitration
  • Successfully represented a major oil company in multi-million-dollar breach of contract fraud and RICO matter in arbitration
  • Successfully defended and obtained a take-nothing verdict for a major telecommunications company in a Federal Communications Act (FCA) suit; obtained judgment on all counterclaims
  • Successfully represented a major entertainment company in breach of confidentiality agreement and theft of trade secrets suit against former employees
  • Successfully defended and obtained summary judgment for a major telecommunications company in a fraud and FCA suit; secured judgments against third parties
  • Obtained in arbitration a favorable award on behalf of a major U.S. oil company relating to a claim of a right of first refusal to purchase real property; handled appeal relating to the award to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals where it was affirmed, and certiorari was denied by the United States Supreme Court
  • Successfully defended and obtained a take-nothing verdict in a suit for a franchisor on fraud, promissory estoppel, and claims of wrongful termination
  • Obtained favorable resolution of state court class actions alleging improper pass through of property taxes on cable bills

 

Honors & Awards

Ms. Hinton has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for mass tort litigation, 2008-2013 where her clients report "Paula is one of the best trial lawyers I have worked with. She easily grasps complex issues and is able to explain them to the fact finder in simple effective terms."

In a victory for civil and privacy rights in Texas, Paula provided pro bono representation in a five-year, long-fought battle for a lesbian high school student who was harassed and "outed" at age 16 by her coaches. She secured a $77,500 settlement and changes to the district's policies relating to the privacy rights of students. Paula received the Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Award from the Texas Civil Rights Project for her work on this matter.

Ms. Hinton's additional recognitions include:

  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a "Texas Litigation Star" for General Commercial Litigation, 2020
  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a "National Practice Area Star" for General Commercial Litigation, 2020
  • Recipient of Corporate Counsel's "National Women in Law Award," 2018
  • Recipient of Texas Lawyer's "Professional Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award" 2018
  • Recipient of Benchmark Litigation's "Litigation Star Award," 2018
  • Recipient of Benchmark Litigation's "Top 250 Women in Litigation," 2015–2020
  • Recognized Practitioner in Chambers USA for Texas general commercial litigation, 2017-2020
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association's (MCCA) George B. Vashon Innovator Award, 2016
  • Featured in Texas Lawyer's "Winning Women" as one of only 19 female litigators in Texas to receive this award in 2014
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for mass tort litigation/class actions 2008–present
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for commercial litigation 2008–present
  • American Law Institute
  • Legal Media Group's (Euromoney's) Expert Guide to Leading U.S. Litigation Lawyers
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Fellowship of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • American Inns of Court
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum
  • Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers, 2003–present
  • Recipient of Houston Woman Magazine's "50 Most Influential Women," 2008
  • Recipient of the "2004 Women on The Move Award," Texas Executive Women and the Houston Chronicle
  • Recipient of the State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section's MA'AT Justice Award, 2001
  • Graduate American Leadership Forum
  • Graduate of Business/Civic Leadership Forum-Center for Houston's Future

Activities

  • Member of the Council of the ABA Section of Litigation
  • Board Member for National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) (2019-2020)
  • Member of the Firm's Executive Committee
  • Chair of the Firm's Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI), for which Winston & Strawn won the award for "Outstanding Firm in Advancing Gender Diversity and Inclusion" at the 2017 Chambers USA Women in Law Awards
  • Member of the Firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Member of the Defense Research Institute
  • Currently serving in ABA Section of Litigation's Division Director and Liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in Law and Division III Director
  • Past Chair and director of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas (2013-2016)
  • Past Co-Chair and founding member of the Asia Society of Texas' Women's Leadership Series and a past member of the Executive Women's Partnership for the Greater Houston Partnership
  • Member of the Board of Governors of the University of Alabama Law School Foundation and member of the Strategic Planning Committee
  • Past chair and director of Houston Bar Foundation
  • Past Director of the State Bar of Texas and member of the Executive Committee

Credentials

Paula received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in political science, and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Alabama where she was named the Outstanding Graduate Student. She received her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi, and Farrah Law Society. She served as Chief Justice of the Honor Court at the University of Alabama School of Law. Paula was also a Rotary International Graduate Fellow in international comparative law at the Universidad de Seville, Spain.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Author, "The Remote Jury Trial is a Bad Idea" , Law360, June 9, 2020
  • Panelist, "The Virtual Courtroom: If Technology Wins, Do Clients Lose", Winston & Strawn, LLP, May 13, 2020
  • Panelist, "Insights from Women Rainmakers: How to Retain Top Female Talent", First Chair's Equal Pay Summit, October 22, 2019
  • Panelist, "Family Feud: A Survey in Ethics", ABA Annual Meeting, August 8, 2019
  • Speaker, The University of Alabama School of Law, 2019 Commencement Address, May 5, 2019
  • Speaker, "Plenary: Ten Tips to Develop Your Expert Witness Expertise (In-House Bootcamp)", ABA Section of Litigation - 2018 Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar, February 17, 2018
  • Speaker, ROBWEC Breakfast Meeting, River Oaks Business Women Exchange Club (ROBWEC), December 1, 2017
  • Speaker, "Superstars in the Courtroom Share Their Secrets of Success", Women in Litigation Joint Conference, Women in Litigation Joint Conference, ABA Section of Leadership, November 17, 2017
  • Presenter, "Contempt Of Court: The Turn-Of-The-Century Lynching That Launched A Hundred Years Of Federalism", The National Association of Women Lawyers, Thirteenth General Counsel Institute, November 10, 2017
  • Participant, "Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law", ABA Initiative Summit, November 7, 2017
  • Speaker, "New Frontiers for Women’s Initiatives" National Association of Women Lawyers’ Meeting The Challenge program, September 16, 2016
  • Speaker, Planning France Amériques "Women as Lead Counsel at Trial: What You Can Do to Take the Lead!", Paris, France, June 2016
  • "Women as Lead Counsel at Trial: What You Can Do to Take the Lead," ABA Annual Meeting, August 2015
  • Presenter, "Litigation of the Future: What Trial Attorneys Need to Know," ABA Section of Litigation Spring Leadership Meeting, June 2015
  • Course Co-Director, Litigation Update – State Bar of Texas 2015
  • "Learning to Lead: What Really Works for Women in Law," ABA Litigation Sections Woman Advocate Committee’s National Roundtable, July 2014
  • "Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Information: Are Clawbacks Allowed? ABA Section of Litigation podcast, June 2014
  • "Work-life Management – Sound Advice," ABA Section of Litigation podcast, June 2014
  • "Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Material: Avoiding a Finding of Waiver in the Digital Age," ABA Webinar presentation, May 2014
  • "Dialing for Dollars – What You Don't Know About the Telemarketing Consumer Protection Act Can Cost Your Clients a Fortune," ABA Section of Litigation 2014 Annual Conference, April 2014
  • Moderator: eDiscovery Update, SBOT 30th Annual Litigation Update, January 2014

 

 

 

Paula W. Hinton

Partner in Houston

Paula Hinton is a trial partner in the Firm's Houston office and serves on the Firm's Executive Committee and as chair of the Women's Leadership Initiative. Paula's practice focuses on representing businesses in complex civil litigation. She has represented clients in courtrooms across the country, before administrative agencies and in international and domestic arbitration forums to resolve a wide variety of disputes, including those concerning contracts and general business issues, business torts, consumer disputes, environmental issues, trademark issues, trade secret issues, product liability, telecommunications litigation, energy-related litigation, and numerous class actions.

 

Honors and Awards

Professional
Excellence
Lifetime
Achievement
Texas Lawyer
Winning Women
Texas Lawyer
Top 250
Women in Litigation
Benchmark Litigation
Best Lawyers
The Best Lawyers in America©
Expert Guides
Euromoney
Listed
Texas
Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
50 Most
Influential
Women
Houston Woman Magazine
Houston
Women on the Move
Texas Executive Women
MA’AT Justice
State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section
Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers in Texas
Litigation
Star
Benchmark Litigation
Chambers USA
Chambers and Partners

Ms. Hinton has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for mass tort litigation, 2008-2013 where her clients report "Paula is one of the best trial lawyers I have worked with. She easily grasps complex issues and is able to explain them to the fact finder in simple effective terms."

In a victory for civil and privacy rights in Texas, Paula provided pro bono representation in a five-year, long-fought battle for a lesbian high school student who was harassed and "outed" at age 16 by her coaches. She secured a $77,500 settlement and changes to the district's policies relating to the privacy rights of students. Paula received the Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Award from the Texas Civil Rights Project for her work on this matter.

Ms. Hinton's additional recognitions include:

  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a "Texas Litigation Star" for General Commercial Litigation, 2020
  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a "National Practice Area Star" for General Commercial Litigation, 2020
  • Recipient of Corporate Counsel's "National Women in Law Award," 2018
  • Recipient of Texas Lawyer's "Professional Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award" 2018
  • Recipient of Benchmark Litigation's "Litigation Star Award," 2018
  • Recipient of Benchmark Litigation's "Top 250 Women in Litigation," 2015–2020
  • Recognized Practitioner in Chambers USA for Texas general commercial litigation, 2017-2020
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association's (MCCA) George B. Vashon Innovator Award, 2016
  • Featured in Texas Lawyer's "Winning Women" as one of only 19 female litigators in Texas to receive this award in 2014
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for mass tort litigation/class actions 2008–present
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for commercial litigation 2008–present
  • American Law Institute
  • Legal Media Group's (Euromoney's) Expert Guide to Leading U.S. Litigation Lawyers
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Fellowship of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • American Inns of Court
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum
  • Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers, 2003–present
  • Recipient of Houston Woman Magazine's "50 Most Influential Women," 2008
  • Recipient of the "2004 Women on The Move Award," Texas Executive Women and the Houston Chronicle
  • Recipient of the State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section's MA'AT Justice Award, 2001
  • Graduate American Leadership Forum
  • Graduate of Business/Civic Leadership Forum-Center for Houston's Future

Activities

  • Member of the Council of the ABA Section of Litigation
  • Board Member for National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) (2019-2020)
  • Member of the Firm's Executive Committee
  • Chair of the Firm's Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI), for which Winston & Strawn won the award for "Outstanding Firm in Advancing Gender Diversity and Inclusion" at the 2017 Chambers USA Women in Law Awards
  • Member of the Firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Member of the Defense Research Institute
  • Currently serving in ABA Section of Litigation's Division Director and Liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in Law and Division III Director
  • Past Chair and director of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas (2013-2016)
  • Past Co-Chair and founding member of the Asia Society of Texas' Women's Leadership Series and a past member of the Executive Women's Partnership for the Greater Houston Partnership
  • Member of the Board of Governors of the University of Alabama Law School Foundation and member of the Strategic Planning Committee
  • Past chair and director of Houston Bar Foundation
  • Past Director of the State Bar of Texas and member of the Executive Committee

Paula received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in political science, and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Alabama where she was named the Outstanding Graduate Student. She received her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi, and Farrah Law Society. She served as Chief Justice of the Honor Court at the University of Alabama School of Law. Paula was also a Rotary International Graduate Fellow in international comparative law at the Universidad de Seville, Spain.

Education

University of Alabama
JD
University of Alabama
MPA
University of Alabama
BA

Admissions

TX
Texas
AL
Alabama

Court Admissions

M.D.
Ala.
Middle District of Alabama
N.D.
Ala.
Northern District of Alabama
S.D.
Ala.
Southern District of Alabama
E.D.
Tex.
Eastern District of Texas
N.D.
Tex.
Northern District of Texas
S.D.
Tex.
Southern District of Texas
W.D.
Tex.
Western District of Texas
5th
Cir.
USCA - 5th Circuit
11th
Cir.
USCA – 11th Circuit
U.S.
U.S. Supreme Court

In a case the Texas Lawbook touted as "one of the greatest defense victories in Texas history," Paula successfully defended a waste disposal company against a $4.8 billion environmental civil penalties lawsuit filed by Harris County and the State of Texas. After six weeks of trial and convincing the judge to toss two-thirds of the damage claims, Paula’s powerful arguments ultimately secured a favorable settlement just minutes before closing arguments were scheduled to begin.

Ms. Hinton's experience also includes:

  • Successfully represented a wind farm company to obtain an injunction from landlord interference with lease operations
  • Successfully represented a purchaser of biomass power in a PPA dispute
  • Represented a major oil company in construction disputes before FERC and Alaska PUC
  • Helped client Kemco resolve a three-year contract suit by finding issues in a case that other lawyers had overlooked. After being stymied in court for years, Kemco hired Ms. Hinton and, in less than two months, she suggested a solution which led to a successful motion to compel arbitration and, ultimately, a settlement.
  • Represented a major oil company in a multi-million-dollar dispute before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relating to the prudence of a large scale construction project
  • Successfully represented a major oil company in a summary judgment relating to the construction of a 50-year-old contract and the obligations of the parties relating to Dismantle, Remove, and Restore (DR&R) responsibilities
  • Successfully defended a national gasoline retailer facing a breach of contract, tort, and RICO action brought by a terminated supplier in CPR arbitration and secured a take-nothing award
  • Successfully opposed several nationwide class certifications in consumer class actions for major oil companies across the country
  • Successfully represented a major defense contractor in a multimillion dollar breach of warranty matter in international arbitration
  • Successfully represented a major oil company in multi-million-dollar breach of contract fraud and RICO matter in arbitration
  • Successfully defended and obtained a take-nothing verdict for a major telecommunications company in a Federal Communications Act (FCA) suit; obtained judgment on all counterclaims
  • Successfully represented a major entertainment company in breach of confidentiality agreement and theft of trade secrets suit against former employees
  • Successfully defended and obtained summary judgment for a major telecommunications company in a fraud and FCA suit; secured judgments against third parties
  • Obtained in arbitration a favorable award on behalf of a major U.S. oil company relating to a claim of a right of first refusal to purchase real property; handled appeal relating to the award to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals where it was affirmed, and certiorari was denied by the United States Supreme Court
  • Successfully defended and obtained a take-nothing verdict in a suit for a franchisor on fraud, promissory estoppel, and claims of wrongful termination
  • Obtained favorable resolution of state court class actions alleging improper pass through of property taxes on cable bills

 

  • Co-Author, "The Remote Jury Trial is a Bad Idea" , Law360, June 9, 2020
  • Panelist, "The Virtual Courtroom: If Technology Wins, Do Clients Lose", Winston & Strawn, LLP, May 13, 2020
  • Panelist, "Insights from Women Rainmakers: How to Retain Top Female Talent", First Chair's Equal Pay Summit, October 22, 2019
  • Panelist, "Family Feud: A Survey in Ethics", ABA Annual Meeting, August 8, 2019
  • Speaker, The University of Alabama School of Law, 2019 Commencement Address, May 5, 2019
  • Speaker, "Plenary: Ten Tips to Develop Your Expert Witness Expertise (In-House Bootcamp)", ABA Section of Litigation - 2018 Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar, February 17, 2018
  • Speaker, ROBWEC Breakfast Meeting, River Oaks Business Women Exchange Club (ROBWEC), December 1, 2017
  • Speaker, "Superstars in the Courtroom Share Their Secrets of Success", Women in Litigation Joint Conference, Women in Litigation Joint Conference, ABA Section of Leadership, November 17, 2017
  • Presenter, "Contempt Of Court: The Turn-Of-The-Century Lynching That Launched A Hundred Years Of Federalism", The National Association of Women Lawyers, Thirteenth General Counsel Institute, November 10, 2017
  • Participant, "Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law", ABA Initiative Summit, November 7, 2017
  • Speaker, "New Frontiers for Women’s Initiatives" National Association of Women Lawyers’ Meeting The Challenge program, September 16, 2016
  • Speaker, Planning France Amériques "Women as Lead Counsel at Trial: What You Can Do to Take the Lead!", Paris, France, June 2016
  • "Women as Lead Counsel at Trial: What You Can Do to Take the Lead," ABA Annual Meeting, August 2015
  • Presenter, "Litigation of the Future: What Trial Attorneys Need to Know," ABA Section of Litigation Spring Leadership Meeting, June 2015
  • Course Co-Director, Litigation Update – State Bar of Texas 2015
  • "Learning to Lead: What Really Works for Women in Law," ABA Litigation Sections Woman Advocate Committee’s National Roundtable, July 2014
  • "Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Information: Are Clawbacks Allowed? ABA Section of Litigation podcast, June 2014
  • "Work-life Management – Sound Advice," ABA Section of Litigation podcast, June 2014
  • "Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Material: Avoiding a Finding of Waiver in the Digital Age," ABA Webinar presentation, May 2014
  • "Dialing for Dollars – What You Don't Know About the Telemarketing Consumer Protection Act Can Cost Your Clients a Fortune," ABA Section of Litigation 2014 Annual Conference, April 2014
  • Moderator: eDiscovery Update, SBOT 30th Annual Litigation Update, January 2014

 

 

 

Thought Leadership

Paula W. Hinton

Partner in Houston

Admissions

  • Texas
  • Alabama

Court Admissions

  • Middle District of Alabama
  • Northern District of Alabama
  • Southern District of Alabama
  • Eastern District of Texas
  • Northern District of Texas
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Western District of Texas
  • USCA - 5th Circuit
  • USCA – 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

Paula Hinton’s practice focuses on representing businesses in complex civil litigation. She has represented businesses in courtrooms across the country, before administrative agencies and in international and domestic arbitration forums to resolve a wide variety of disputes, including those concerning contracts and general business issues, business torts, consumer disputes, environmental issues, trademark issues, trade secret issues, product liability, telecommunications litigation, technical litigation, energy-related litigation, and numerous class actions. Ms. Hinton has represented numerous companies in the oil and gas sector in all phases of their operations. In addition, she has served as lead trial counsel for AT&T on numerous significant matters across the country, including Texas and Alabama, relating to a series of lawsuits alleging breach of contract, fraud, and Federal Communications Act claims brought by SDN Resellers. She is highly involved in business and community activities in Texas, currently serving as Vice-chair of the Litigation section of the State Bar of Texas and as Co-chair of the ABA Woman Advocate Committee and Co-chair of the 2015 ABA Section of Litigation Annual Meeting.

Experience

In a case the Texas Lawbook touted as "one of the greatest defense victories in Texas history," Paula successfully defended a waste disposal company against a $4.8 billion environmental civil penalties lawsuit filed by Harris County and the State of Texas. After six weeks of trial and convincing the judge to toss two-thirds of the damage claims, Paula’s powerful arguments ultimately secured a favorable settlement just minutes before closing arguments were scheduled to begin.

Ms. Hinton's experience also includes:

  • Successfully represented a wind farm company to obtain an injunction from landlord interference with lease operations
  • Successfully represented a purchaser of biomass power in a PPA dispute
  • Represented a major oil company in construction disputes before FERC and Alaska PUC
  • Helped client Kemco resolve a three-year contract suit by finding issues in a case that other lawyers had overlooked. After being stymied in court for years, Kemco hired Ms. Hinton and, in less than two months, she suggested a solution which led to a successful motion to compel arbitration and, ultimately, a settlement.
  • Represented a major oil company in a multi-million-dollar dispute before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relating to the prudence of a large scale construction project
  • Successfully represented a major oil company in a summary judgment relating to the construction of a 50-year-old contract and the obligations of the parties relating to Dismantle, Remove, and Restore (DR&R) responsibilities
  • Successfully defended a national gasoline retailer facing a breach of contract, tort, and RICO action brought by a terminated supplier in CPR arbitration and secured a take-nothing award
  • Successfully opposed several nationwide class certifications in consumer class actions for major oil companies across the country
  • Successfully represented a major defense contractor in a multimillion dollar breach of warranty matter in international arbitration
  • Successfully represented a major oil company in multi-million-dollar breach of contract fraud and RICO matter in arbitration
  • Successfully defended and obtained a take-nothing verdict for a major telecommunications company in a Federal Communications Act (FCA) suit; obtained judgment on all counterclaims
  • Successfully represented a major entertainment company in breach of confidentiality agreement and theft of trade secrets suit against former employees
  • Successfully defended and obtained summary judgment for a major telecommunications company in a fraud and FCA suit; secured judgments against third parties
  • Obtained in arbitration a favorable award on behalf of a major U.S. oil company relating to a claim of a right of first refusal to purchase real property; handled appeal relating to the award to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals where it was affirmed, and certiorari was denied by the United States Supreme Court
  • Successfully defended and obtained a take-nothing verdict in a suit for a franchisor on fraud, promissory estoppel, and claims of wrongful termination
  • Obtained favorable resolution of state court class actions alleging improper pass through of property taxes on cable bills

 

Honors & Awards

Ms. Hinton has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for mass tort litigation, 2008-2013 where her clients report "Paula is one of the best trial lawyers I have worked with. She easily grasps complex issues and is able to explain them to the fact finder in simple effective terms."

In a victory for civil and privacy rights in Texas, Paula provided pro bono representation in a five-year, long-fought battle for a lesbian high school student who was harassed and "outed" at age 16 by her coaches. She secured a $77,500 settlement and changes to the district's policies relating to the privacy rights of students. Paula received the Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Award from the Texas Civil Rights Project for her work on this matter.

Ms. Hinton's additional recognitions include:

  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a "Texas Litigation Star" for General Commercial Litigation, 2020
  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a "National Practice Area Star" for General Commercial Litigation, 2020
  • Recipient of Corporate Counsel's "National Women in Law Award," 2018
  • Recipient of Texas Lawyer's "Professional Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award" 2018
  • Recipient of Benchmark Litigation's "Litigation Star Award," 2018
  • Recipient of Benchmark Litigation's "Top 250 Women in Litigation," 2015–2020
  • Recognized Practitioner in Chambers USA for Texas general commercial litigation, 2017-2020
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association's (MCCA) George B. Vashon Innovator Award, 2016
  • Featured in Texas Lawyer's "Winning Women" as one of only 19 female litigators in Texas to receive this award in 2014
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for mass tort litigation/class actions 2008–present
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for commercial litigation 2008–present
  • American Law Institute
  • Legal Media Group's (Euromoney's) Expert Guide to Leading U.S. Litigation Lawyers
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Fellowship of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • American Inns of Court
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum
  • Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers, 2003–present
  • Recipient of Houston Woman Magazine's "50 Most Influential Women," 2008
  • Recipient of the "2004 Women on The Move Award," Texas Executive Women and the Houston Chronicle
  • Recipient of the State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section's MA'AT Justice Award, 2001
  • Graduate American Leadership Forum
  • Graduate of Business/Civic Leadership Forum-Center for Houston's Future

Activities

  • Member of the Council of the ABA Section of Litigation
  • Board Member for National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) (2019-2020)
  • Member of the Firm's Executive Committee
  • Chair of the Firm's Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI), for which Winston & Strawn won the award for "Outstanding Firm in Advancing Gender Diversity and Inclusion" at the 2017 Chambers USA Women in Law Awards
  • Member of the Firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Member of the Defense Research Institute
  • Currently serving in ABA Section of Litigation's Division Director and Liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in Law and Division III Director
  • Past Chair and director of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas (2013-2016)
  • Past Co-Chair and founding member of the Asia Society of Texas' Women's Leadership Series and a past member of the Executive Women's Partnership for the Greater Houston Partnership
  • Member of the Board of Governors of the University of Alabama Law School Foundation and member of the Strategic Planning Committee
  • Past chair and director of Houston Bar Foundation
  • Past Director of the State Bar of Texas and member of the Executive Committee

Credentials

Paula received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in political science, and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Alabama where she was named the Outstanding Graduate Student. She received her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi, and Farrah Law Society. She served as Chief Justice of the Honor Court at the University of Alabama School of Law. Paula was also a Rotary International Graduate Fellow in international comparative law at the Universidad de Seville, Spain.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Author, "The Remote Jury Trial is a Bad Idea" , Law360, June 9, 2020
  • Panelist, "The Virtual Courtroom: If Technology Wins, Do Clients Lose", Winston & Strawn, LLP, May 13, 2020
  • Panelist, "Insights from Women Rainmakers: How to Retain Top Female Talent", First Chair's Equal Pay Summit, October 22, 2019
  • Panelist, "Family Feud: A Survey in Ethics", ABA Annual Meeting, August 8, 2019
  • Speaker, The University of Alabama School of Law, 2019 Commencement Address, May 5, 2019
  • Speaker, "Plenary: Ten Tips to Develop Your Expert Witness Expertise (In-House Bootcamp)", ABA Section of Litigation - 2018 Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar, February 17, 2018
  • Speaker, ROBWEC Breakfast Meeting, River Oaks Business Women Exchange Club (ROBWEC), December 1, 2017
  • Speaker, "Superstars in the Courtroom Share Their Secrets of Success", Women in Litigation Joint Conference, Women in Litigation Joint Conference, ABA Section of Leadership, November 17, 2017
  • Presenter, "Contempt Of Court: The Turn-Of-The-Century Lynching That Launched A Hundred Years Of Federalism", The National Association of Women Lawyers, Thirteenth General Counsel Institute, November 10, 2017
  • Participant, "Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law", ABA Initiative Summit, November 7, 2017
  • Speaker, "New Frontiers for Women’s Initiatives" National Association of Women Lawyers’ Meeting The Challenge program, September 16, 2016
  • Speaker, Planning France Amériques "Women as Lead Counsel at Trial: What You Can Do to Take the Lead!", Paris, France, June 2016
  • "Women as Lead Counsel at Trial: What You Can Do to Take the Lead," ABA Annual Meeting, August 2015
  • Presenter, "Litigation of the Future: What Trial Attorneys Need to Know," ABA Section of Litigation Spring Leadership Meeting, June 2015
  • Course Co-Director, Litigation Update – State Bar of Texas 2015
  • "Learning to Lead: What Really Works for Women in Law," ABA Litigation Sections Woman Advocate Committee’s National Roundtable, July 2014
  • "Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Information: Are Clawbacks Allowed? ABA Section of Litigation podcast, June 2014
  • "Work-life Management – Sound Advice," ABA Section of Litigation podcast, June 2014
  • "Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Material: Avoiding a Finding of Waiver in the Digital Age," ABA Webinar presentation, May 2014
  • "Dialing for Dollars – What You Don't Know About the Telemarketing Consumer Protection Act Can Cost Your Clients a Fortune," ABA Section of Litigation 2014 Annual Conference, April 2014
  • Moderator: eDiscovery Update, SBOT 30th Annual Litigation Update, January 2014

 

 

 

Paula W. Hinton

Partner in Houston

Paula Hinton’s practice focuses on representing businesses in complex civil litigation. She has represented businesses in courtrooms across the country, before administrative agencies and in international and domestic arbitration forums to resolve a wide variety of disputes, including those concerning contracts and general business issues, business torts, consumer disputes, environmental issues, trademark issues, trade secret issues, product liability, telecommunications litigation, technical litigation, energy-related litigation, and numerous class actions. Ms. Hinton has represented numerous companies in the oil and gas sector in all phases of their operations. In addition, she has served as lead trial counsel for AT&T on numerous significant matters across the country, including Texas and Alabama, relating to a series of lawsuits alleging breach of contract, fraud, and Federal Communications Act claims brought by SDN Resellers. She is highly involved in business and community activities in Texas, currently serving as Vice-chair of the Litigation section of the State Bar of Texas and as Co-chair of the ABA Woman Advocate Committee and Co-chair of the 2015 ABA Section of Litigation Annual Meeting.

Honors and Awards

Professional
Excellence
Lifetime
Achievement
Texas Lawyer
Winning Women
Texas Lawyer
Top 250
Women in Litigation
Benchmark Litigation
Best Lawyers
The Best Lawyers in America©
Expert Guides
Euromoney
Listed
Texas
Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
50 Most
Influential
Women
Houston Woman Magazine
Houston
Women on the Move
Texas Executive Women
MA’AT Justice
State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section
Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers in Texas
Litigation
Star
Benchmark Litigation
Chambers USA
Chambers and Partners

Ms. Hinton has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for mass tort litigation, 2008-2013 where her clients report "Paula is one of the best trial lawyers I have worked with. She easily grasps complex issues and is able to explain them to the fact finder in simple effective terms."

In a victory for civil and privacy rights in Texas, Paula provided pro bono representation in a five-year, long-fought battle for a lesbian high school student who was harassed and "outed" at age 16 by her coaches. She secured a $77,500 settlement and changes to the district's policies relating to the privacy rights of students. Paula received the Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Award from the Texas Civil Rights Project for her work on this matter.

Ms. Hinton's additional recognitions include:

  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a "Texas Litigation Star" for General Commercial Litigation, 2020
  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a "National Practice Area Star" for General Commercial Litigation, 2020
  • Recipient of Corporate Counsel's "National Women in Law Award," 2018
  • Recipient of Texas Lawyer's "Professional Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award" 2018
  • Recipient of Benchmark Litigation's "Litigation Star Award," 2018
  • Recipient of Benchmark Litigation's "Top 250 Women in Litigation," 2015–2020
  • Recognized Practitioner in Chambers USA for Texas general commercial litigation, 2017-2020
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association's (MCCA) George B. Vashon Innovator Award, 2016
  • Featured in Texas Lawyer's "Winning Women" as one of only 19 female litigators in Texas to receive this award in 2014
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for mass tort litigation/class actions 2008–present
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for commercial litigation 2008–present
  • American Law Institute
  • Legal Media Group's (Euromoney's) Expert Guide to Leading U.S. Litigation Lawyers
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Fellowship of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • American Inns of Court
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum
  • Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers, 2003–present
  • Recipient of Houston Woman Magazine's "50 Most Influential Women," 2008
  • Recipient of the "2004 Women on The Move Award," Texas Executive Women and the Houston Chronicle
  • Recipient of the State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section's MA'AT Justice Award, 2001
  • Graduate American Leadership Forum
  • Graduate of Business/Civic Leadership Forum-Center for Houston's Future

Activities

  • Member of the Council of the ABA Section of Litigation
  • Board Member for National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) (2019-2020)
  • Member of the Firm's Executive Committee
  • Chair of the Firm's Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI), for which Winston & Strawn won the award for "Outstanding Firm in Advancing Gender Diversity and Inclusion" at the 2017 Chambers USA Women in Law Awards
  • Member of the Firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Member of the Defense Research Institute
  • Currently serving in ABA Section of Litigation's Division Director and Liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in Law and Division III Director
  • Past Chair and director of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas (2013-2016)
  • Past Co-Chair and founding member of the Asia Society of Texas' Women's Leadership Series and a past member of the Executive Women's Partnership for the Greater Houston Partnership
  • Member of the Board of Governors of the University of Alabama Law School Foundation and member of the Strategic Planning Committee
  • Past chair and director of Houston Bar Foundation
  • Past Director of the State Bar of Texas and member of the Executive Committee

Paula received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in political science, and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Alabama where she was named the Outstanding Graduate Student. She received her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi, and Farrah Law Society. She served as Chief Justice of the Honor Court at the University of Alabama School of Law. Paula was also a Rotary International Graduate Fellow in international comparative law at the Universidad de Seville, Spain.

Education

University of Alabama
JD
University of Alabama
MPA
University of Alabama
BA

Admissions

TX
Texas
AL
Alabama

Court Admissions

M.D.
Ala.
Middle District of Alabama
N.D.
Ala.
Northern District of Alabama
S.D.
Ala.
Southern District of Alabama
E.D.
Tex.
Eastern District of Texas
N.D.
Tex.
Northern District of Texas
S.D.
Tex.
Southern District of Texas
W.D.
Tex.
Western District of Texas
5th
Cir.
USCA - 5th Circuit
11th
Cir.
USCA – 11th Circuit
U.S.
U.S. Supreme Court

In a case the Texas Lawbook touted as "one of the greatest defense victories in Texas history," Paula successfully defended a waste disposal company against a $4.8 billion environmental civil penalties lawsuit filed by Harris County and the State of Texas. After six weeks of trial and convincing the judge to toss two-thirds of the damage claims, Paula’s powerful arguments ultimately secured a favorable settlement just minutes before closing arguments were scheduled to begin.

Ms. Hinton's experience also includes:

  • Successfully represented a wind farm company to obtain an injunction from landlord interference with lease operations
  • Successfully represented a purchaser of biomass power in a PPA dispute
  • Represented a major oil company in construction disputes before FERC and Alaska PUC
  • Helped client Kemco resolve a three-year contract suit by finding issues in a case that other lawyers had overlooked. After being stymied in court for years, Kemco hired Ms. Hinton and, in less than two months, she suggested a solution which led to a successful motion to compel arbitration and, ultimately, a settlement.
  • Represented a major oil company in a multi-million-dollar dispute before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relating to the prudence of a large scale construction project
  • Successfully represented a major oil company in a summary judgment relating to the construction of a 50-year-old contract and the obligations of the parties relating to Dismantle, Remove, and Restore (DR&R) responsibilities
  • Successfully defended a national gasoline retailer facing a breach of contract, tort, and RICO action brought by a terminated supplier in CPR arbitration and secured a take-nothing award
  • Successfully opposed several nationwide class certifications in consumer class actions for major oil companies across the country
  • Successfully represented a major defense contractor in a multimillion dollar breach of warranty matter in international arbitration
  • Successfully represented a major oil company in multi-million-dollar breach of contract fraud and RICO matter in arbitration
  • Successfully defended and obtained a take-nothing verdict for a major telecommunications company in a Federal Communications Act (FCA) suit; obtained judgment on all counterclaims
  • Successfully represented a major entertainment company in breach of confidentiality agreement and theft of trade secrets suit against former employees
  • Successfully defended and obtained summary judgment for a major telecommunications company in a fraud and FCA suit; secured judgments against third parties
  • Obtained in arbitration a favorable award on behalf of a major U.S. oil company relating to a claim of a right of first refusal to purchase real property; handled appeal relating to the award to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals where it was affirmed, and certiorari was denied by the United States Supreme Court
  • Successfully defended and obtained a take-nothing verdict in a suit for a franchisor on fraud, promissory estoppel, and claims of wrongful termination
  • Obtained favorable resolution of state court class actions alleging improper pass through of property taxes on cable bills

 

  • Co-Author, "The Remote Jury Trial is a Bad Idea" , Law360, June 9, 2020
  • Panelist, "The Virtual Courtroom: If Technology Wins, Do Clients Lose", Winston & Strawn, LLP, May 13, 2020
  • Panelist, "Insights from Women Rainmakers: How to Retain Top Female Talent", First Chair's Equal Pay Summit, October 22, 2019
  • Panelist, "Family Feud: A Survey in Ethics", ABA Annual Meeting, August 8, 2019
  • Speaker, The University of Alabama School of Law, 2019 Commencement Address, May 5, 2019
  • Speaker, "Plenary: Ten Tips to Develop Your Expert Witness Expertise (In-House Bootcamp)", ABA Section of Litigation - 2018 Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar, February 17, 2018
  • Speaker, ROBWEC Breakfast Meeting, River Oaks Business Women Exchange Club (ROBWEC), December 1, 2017
  • Speaker, "Superstars in the Courtroom Share Their Secrets of Success", Women in Litigation Joint Conference, Women in Litigation Joint Conference, ABA Section of Leadership, November 17, 2017
  • Presenter, "Contempt Of Court: The Turn-Of-The-Century Lynching That Launched A Hundred Years Of Federalism", The National Association of Women Lawyers, Thirteenth General Counsel Institute, November 10, 2017
  • Participant, "Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law", ABA Initiative Summit, November 7, 2017
  • Speaker, "New Frontiers for Women’s Initiatives" National Association of Women Lawyers’ Meeting The Challenge program, September 16, 2016
  • Speaker, Planning France Amériques "Women as Lead Counsel at Trial: What You Can Do to Take the Lead!", Paris, France, June 2016
  • "Women as Lead Counsel at Trial: What You Can Do to Take the Lead," ABA Annual Meeting, August 2015
  • Presenter, "Litigation of the Future: What Trial Attorneys Need to Know," ABA Section of Litigation Spring Leadership Meeting, June 2015
  • Course Co-Director, Litigation Update – State Bar of Texas 2015
  • "Learning to Lead: What Really Works for Women in Law," ABA Litigation Sections Woman Advocate Committee’s National Roundtable, July 2014
  • "Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Information: Are Clawbacks Allowed? ABA Section of Litigation podcast, June 2014
  • "Work-life Management – Sound Advice," ABA Section of Litigation podcast, June 2014
  • "Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Material: Avoiding a Finding of Waiver in the Digital Age," ABA Webinar presentation, May 2014
  • "Dialing for Dollars – What You Don't Know About the Telemarketing Consumer Protection Act Can Cost Your Clients a Fortune," ABA Section of Litigation 2014 Annual Conference, April 2014
  • Moderator: eDiscovery Update, SBOT 30th Annual Litigation Update, January 2014